Apple is giving away $1 million to the hacker who can get past their security protections and break into an iPhone remotely. It is a significant increase in reward from the $200,000 bounty program reward Apple has run since 2016 to incentivize hackers to work with the company, rather than target it and its users.
Hackers will have a chance at winning the bigger payout starting this fall, Ivan Krstić, Apple’s head of security, announced at the Black Hat technology security conference in Las Vegas on Thursday. With security breaches increasingly on the rise, Apple CEO Tim Cook has called privacy a human right, and made it clear that Apple is serious about not collecting personal information and keeping its 2 billion customers around the globe safe from hackers. “This is not something that we just started last week, when we saw something happening. We’ve been doing this for years,” he told MSNBC. Just last month, a hacker accessed the personal information of 106 million Capital One credit card holders or credit card applicants in the U.S. and Canada, in the latest massive data breach at a large company.
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